“Big Wheel” back on top with IRA at Dodge County; Gondik Law and Cedar Lake next on agenda
By Fully Injected Motorsports:
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (September 5, 2023) - Despite a rollercoaster 2023 campaign, to say the least, the “Big Wheel” Scotty Thiel, back at the helm of his own Team 73, is right back where he belongs, and that’s in victory lane, ultimately securing his first IRA Outlaw Sprint Series triumph of the year with a win at Dodge County Fairgrounds in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, on Friday, September 1. The victory, a $4,000 score for the Sheboygan, Wisconsin, native, occurred from fifth on the grid, stealing the show from race-long leader and defending Series champion, Jordan Goldesberry, with a slider on lap 16.
Although the intent was to sweep his recent IRA weekend, Thiel, ace of the Gibbsville Cheese, Walker’s Game Ear, Professional Plating, Scott Thiel Builders, Stealth Cam, Muddy Outdoors, Complete Water Inc, GRP Motorsports, Hepfner Racing Products, Triple-X Chassis, Keizer Wheels, No. 73 sprint car, would continue on and finish fifth the following evening at the Plymouth Dirt Track in Plymouth, Wisconsin, on Saturday, September 2. The annual Sheboygan County Fair event was a consistent effort from start to finish for Thiel, ultimately qualifying for the evening’s dash before securing a third-row A-Main starting position.
The weekend top-five sweep was an obvious season highlight for Scotty Thiel and Team 73, but for the Big Wheel personally, recent big success in the Badger State stretches further, finishing fourth with the All Star Circuit of Champions at Wilmot Raceway in Wilmot, Wisconsin, on Saturday, May 13.
“Feels great to be back in victory lane. It’s been a challenging year from a personal standpoint, but to get the gang back together and score a victory rather quickly is pretty special,” Thiel stated. “Just hats off to the entire team, and to all of my partners who’ve stuck by my side through thick and thin. The potential has always been there. It was just a matter of getting all of the parts and pieces to click and sync. We’re going to try it again this weekend.”
“Big Wheel” Scotty Thiel and Team 73 will continue their 2023 campaign with another IRA Outlaw Sprint Series doubleheader in the Badger State, this time visiting Gondik Law Speedway in Superior, Wisconsin, on Friday, September 8, followed by a trip to Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin, on Saturday, September 9.
Scotty Thiel and Team 73 would like to thank all of their partners: Gibbsville Cheese, Walker’s Game Ear, Professional Plating, Scott Thiel Builders, Stealth Cam, Muddy Outdoors, Complete Water Inc, GRP Motorsports, Hepfner Racing Products, Triple-X Chassis, Keizer Wheels.
2023 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS:
Opened the new year with All Star Circuit of Champions competition at Volusia Speedway Park and East Bay Raceway Park – highlighted trip with 12th-place score at East Bay on Monday, February 13. Finished ninth and fourth in All Star doubleheader through Illinois and Wisconsin; ninth at Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, Illinois, on Friday, May 12, and fourth at Wilmot Raceway in Wilmot, Wisconsin, on Saturday, May 13. Charged from tenth to fourth during All Star action at Weedsport Speedway in Weedsport, New York, on Sunday, May 21. Earned first win of the season in Harry Neitzel Tribute at Dodge County Fairgrounds in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, on Friday, September 1. Finished fifth at Plymouth Dirt Track in Plymouth, Wisconsin, on Saturday, September 2.
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Submitted By: Tyler Altmeyer